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Large Animals only New Policy. Exhibitors with more than one species will have priority parking in the lower parking lot on Sunday morning for haul out. The Exhibitors will be given a tag/number prior to haul out. Exhibitors will be able to pick up their species in the barns order. (Pig Barn, Sheep-Goat, Llama and then on to Beef Barn in that order). If you need one species from another barn before the first barn order then you will have to pick up the species you want in first and then loop around and get back in line to pick up the next species. NO ONE WILL BE ALLOWED TO WALK THEIR ANIMALS ACROSS FROM ONE DEFINED AREA TO ANOTHER. No Horse will be allowed to walk up the hill to another barn to be loaded. This requirement protects animals from cross contamination and ALL exhibitors are expected to comply.
General Chairman and Floral Department SuperintendentEllen Daly 360-485-5253 email@example.com
"Just Kidding Around" An NGC Standard Flower Show Presented by Black Hills District Garden Clubs
Open and free to the public with exhibits and gardening and design demonstrations. Thurston and Lewis County Adult residents and youth aged Pre-K - 18 may enter.
We would like to encourage the public to enter these categories. Please call Ellen Daly or any of the Consultants in the section you are interested in for more information.
Public viewing hours:
July 29-August 1, 2020 10am - 10pmAugust 2, 2020 10am - 10pm
GENERAL INFORMATION AND RULESENTRIES: Horticulture, Design and Special Exhibits entries will be accepted between 4 and 7pm on Tuesday, July 28, 2020 in the Thurston Expo Center.ADVANCED REGISTRATION is required in Division II, III, IV, and V by Sunday, July 12 (Contact Section Consultant listed below in Schedule).CLASSIFICATION: Chairmen/Consultants in each Section shall check for conformity to the schedule.SPECIAL ENTRY TAGS for Open Class Floral are available from the Fair Office and Black Hills District Club Presidents. A list of the Clubs and contact information for Club Presidents can be found at www.blackhillsdistrict.com/clubs. They must be completed in pencil.
EXHIBITORS: May be any resident in Thurston and Lewis County and all members of the Black Hills District of Garden Clubs. Also, National Garden Clubs Student Judges may enter any adult class.
DAYS AND HOURS: The show will be open to the public at 10 AM each day of the Fair from Wednesday through Sunday, and close at 10 PM each evening until the end of the Fair, Sunday, at 8 PM.JUDGING: Judging will take place Wednesday, July 29, at 8:00 a.m. The General Chairman and the Classification Chairmen for each Division are available during judging for possible consultation. They, along with the judges and clerks, are the only personnel allowed on the floor during judging.AWARDS: The Flower Show conforms to the standards established by National Garden Clubs, Inc. (NGC), page 5. The Handbook for Flower Shows (HB), 2017 edition, with revisions printed in the National Gardener Magazine (TNG) is the authority for all issues not covered by the scheudule, which is the law of the show. The HB is available at local libraries and from Black Hills District Garden Club members. A list of the Clubs and contact information for Club Presidents can be found at www.blackhillsdistrict.com/club Stickers will indicate 1st Place, exhibit must score 90 or more (Blue), 2nd place, 85 or more (red), 3rd place, 80 or more (yellow) and Honorable Mention, 75 or more (white). The entry card with sticker may be exchanged for ribbons in the Fairground Office at the end of the fair. The decisions of the judges will be final. Any award may be withheld if the requirements are not met.RESPONSIBILITIES: The Show Committee will take all possible care to protect exhibits but will not be responsible for loss or damage.CONSERVATION LIST: Plants on the Washington State Conservation List may not be used in this show unless grown by the Exhibitor or obtained in a legal manner.FRESH PLANT MATERIAL shall be emphasized in this show.NO ARTIFICIAL "PLANT" MATERIAL is permitted in any Division.REPLACING PLANT MATERIAL: Wilted plant material may be replaced each morning before 9:30 AM.REMOVAL OF EXHIBITS: Exhibits may be removed Sunday, August 2, after the Fair closes, between 8 - 9 PM, and must be removed between 9 AM and 11 AM on Monday, August 3. Please let the Superintendent know if there will be any problem in removing an exhibit.NON-COMPLIANCE: Those not complying with these rules forfeit all prizes and premiums.POLICIES: The NGC exhibit policies are printed in the HB, Chapter 7, Exhibiting in the Design Division, NGC Policies and Guideline.
"A Trip of Goats"
(A group of goats is called a tribe or a trip. The Sections in this Division are named for Goat breeds and includes their country of origin)
Horticulture Entry Chairman/Consultant: TBD
WIN 1ST, 2ND, 3RD AND HONORABLE MENTION RIBBONS AND BEAUTIFUL ROSETTES
Entries in Division I are eligible for the Betty Belcher Horticulture Award, Award of Horticulture Excellence, Award of Merit, Arboreal Award, Growers Choice Award, Marvalee Peterschick Award, and Thurston County Fair Awards; the Lily Award, the Glad Award, the Vine Award, the Rose Award, the Posey Award, the Gourmet Award, the Harvest Award and People’s Choice Award.
HORTICULTURE RULES: The Sunset Western Garden Book will be used as reference authority
GLOSSARY FOR HORTICULTURE
ARBOREAL: Pertaining to trees and shrubs. BLOOM: An individual flower, usually between 1/2 and 3/4 open. BUD: An undeveloped flower (or leaf ). CULTIVAR: A cultivated variety of a plant. FRESH PLANT MATERIAL: Any part severed from a living plant and in good condition. SCAPE: A bare, leafless flower stem arising from the ground. Example: daylily, daffodil. SPIKE: A lengthened flower cluster in which flowers are practically stemless. Example: Gladiolus, snapdragon. SPRAY: A group of florets on a branched stem, each on its own stalk. STEM: The major supporting structure in plants to which buds, leaves and flowers are attached at regular intervals at points called nodes.
Section "A" - ANNUALS
"Angora - Origin: Turkey"
Eligible for Award of Merit
Section "B" - PERENNIALS FROM FLESHY ROOTS "Barbari - Origin: India & Pakistan"
Eligible for Lily Award and Award of Merit(Bulbs, corms, rhizomes, tubers other than Gladiolus and Dahlias)
Section "C" – FLOWERING PERENNIALS " Cashmere - Origin: Australia" (Other than fleshy rooted under Section "B" above)
Eligible for Award of Merit
Section "D" - FOLIAGE PERENNIALS
"Dutch Landrace - Origin: Netherlands"
(other than fleshy rooted under Section B. above)
Section "E" - ORNAMENTAL GRASSES
"Erzgebirge - Origin: Saxony"
(may have plumes, may exceed 30" to show gracefulness)
Eligible for Award of Merit
Section "F" - DAHLIAS
"Fainting Goat - Origin: US"
Eligible for Dahlia Award
SINGLE ENTRIES - One stem each variety
MINIATURE ENTRIES - 3 stems each variety
Section "G" - GLADIOLUS "Girgentana - Origin: Northern Afghanistan"
Eligible for the Glad Award
Note: Gladiolus are entered with attached leaves, preferably two for balance (leaves may be under water). The length of the stem should be in good balance to the blooms and very straight. The spike should have about one-third tight buds, one-third showing color, and one-third open blooms. Wedging with plastic wrap, Styrofoam or any other unobtrusive material is encouraged so that the spike stands as straight as possible. (Plastic wrap available from Show Committee.)
The Show Committee will sub-divide Gladiolus by color before judging.
Section H. - VINES "Hejazi - Origin: Arabia"
Eligible for the Vine Award
Section " I". - ROSES " Irish - Origin: Ireland"
Eligible for the Rose Award
Section J. - FLOWERING SHRUBS & TREES
"Jamnapari - Origin: India"
Eligible for the Arboreal and Marva Lee Peterschick Awards
One branch not less than 12" or more than 30" long is permitted. (A branch more than 30" and less than 60" can be entered in Division V, Section A Class 16. Preregistration is required.
Class: (must be in bloom)
Section "K" SHRUBS & TREES "Kalbian - Origin: Australia"
Eligible for the Arboreal and Marva Lee Peterschick Awards.
Other than flowering. Grown for summer interest due to foliage color or bold form. One branch not less than 12" or more than 30" long is permitted. (A branch more than 30" and less than 60" can be entered in Divsion V, Section A Class 16. (Pre-registration is required).
Flowering and Combination
Note: Container grown plants must have been grown by the exhibitor for at least three (3) months. Exceptions: multiple plantings, such as planters, dish gardens, etc. must have been grown together, by the exhibitor, for at least six (6) weeks. Exhibits shall be subdivided by variety and color. The Show Committee will sub-divide as needed before judging. Due to space limitations, the container may be no larger than 12" in diameter. Exception: Section "N". Combination Plantings may be up to 16" in diameter
If a plant is considered a flowering plant, it should be exhibited as a flowering specimen. Foliage plants may flower, but it should be exhibited as a foliage plant if they are grown for their leaves.
Section "L" - CONTAINER-GROWN PLANTS – FLOWERING
"LaMancha - Origin: US"
Eligible for Growers Choice Award
Class: 2 Foliage
Section "M" - CONTAINER-GROWN PLANTS – COMBINATION
"Mini Oberhasli - Origin: US, PNW"
Eligible for Growers Choice AwardClass:
Section "N" - EDIBLES
"Nigora - Origin: US"
Eligible for Harvest and Gourmet Awards
Stem length in proportion to exhibit, uniformity important
Class: 1. Herbs
Note: Common Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) is considered a noxious weed and will not be accepted. Exception: The variety Foeniculum vulgare azoricum known as ‘bulbing’ fennel is permissible.
Class 2: Fruits & Vegetables
FRUITS - should be clean and fresh, wiped, but not washed or polished
VEGETABLES - In general, uniformity (same size, shape, color) in multiple specimen exhibits is desired.
SQUASH - 1" stem attached, wipe clean gently
CRUCIFEROUS VEGETABLES - generally one head, remove outer leaves only
ROOT CROPS - less soil adheres if dug in dry weather
LEGUMES - six specimens same variety each class
ANY OTHER VEGETABLE not mentioned above will be entered under the closest variety with entry tags marked "X"
Section "O" - ANY OTHER HORTICULTURE EXHIBIT
" Orobica - Origin: Bergamo Alps"
Eligible for Award of Merit(With consideration to available space & Horticulture Entry Consultant approval)
Design Entry Chairman/Consultant: Debbie Spiller 206-755-3616 firstname.lastname@example.org
Eligible for Washington State Federation of Garden Clubs Past President Awards; Carolyn Erickson All Fresh Design Award and Ellen Swenson Flower Arrangement Award, Phyllis Danielson Table Setting Award, and Judith Juno Petite Design Award. Also eligible for the Brynn Tavasci Recycling Award, Designers Choice Award, Tri- Color and Table Artistry Award.
EVERY ENTRY IN DIVISION II, III, IV, AND V MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY A LISTING OF THE NAMES OF THE PLANTS USED IN THE ENTRY. District garden club members are eligible for NATIONAL GARDEN CLUB Top Exhibitor Awards. Bring your design entry on Tuesday, July 28th between 4:00 and 7:00 p.m. to the Thurston Expo Center to be entered in the show. Your container should be removed on Sunday August 2nd after the fair closes, between 8-9 p.m. or Monday, August 3rd between 9 - 11 a.m.
SPECIAL RULES FOR DESIGN
GLOSSARY FOR DESIGN ACCESSORY: A subordinate object other than plant material used in a design e.g. a figurine, rock, etc.
BUFFET TABLE: In a Table Class, service for 4 or more with components conveniently and logically placed for ease of self-service. At least 1 service piece required. A decorative unit must be included.
CREATIVE LINE DESIGN: A Creative design in which line direction is dominant, characterized by open silhouette, a minimum of plant material and other components. Dominant feature is the movement in any direction, either vertically, horizontally, diagonally, etc.
DECORATIVE UNIT: In a Table Class, floral designs with or without other components such as candles or other accessories if any.
DESIGNERS CHOICE: Designers choice of plant material.
EXHIBITION TABLE SETTING: Components relating to the service of food artistically arranged without consideration of functional placement. It may not include a completed decorative unit, but must include some plant material placed artistically.
LOW PROFILE DESIGN: A three-dimensional design incorporating three (3) or more design techniques.